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TOOTH EXTRACTIONS IN WINSTON SALEM

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DENTAL TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

Tooth extractions are exactly what they sound like—a dentist removes a tooth (or teeth) from the patient’s mouth. It can be done in a variety of ways, and dentists extract teeth for different reasons depending on the situation.

WHEN ARE TOOTH EXTRACTIONS NECESSARY?

People of all ages can be in need of a tooth extraction, and the procedure is performed for those with a range of conditions. One of the most common reasons for tooth extractions is severe damage and decay, beyond what can be addressed with a root canal.

However, dentists also remove teeth that are broken, chipped, angled, or in the wrong place. Tooth extraction can often precede dental implants, as it makes room for the new tooth. Teenagers often have their wisdom teeth removed as they can cause problems for the other teeth.

EXTRACTION AFTERCARE

Tooth extractions can lead to a variety of issues following the surgery, but these are usually somewhat mild and can be managed at home.

Immediately following surgery, it’s common for patients to bleed at the location of the tooth. However, this shouldn’t last more than an hour and can be helped with a piece of gauze placed on the socket. Dentists usually tell patients not to brush the affected area for several days after the procedure, as this can aggravate any rawness or tenderness.

Blood clots form naturally as part of the healing process, and it’s important that their formation isn’t interrupted. If they become dislodged from the socket, bleeding will resume, and the mouth will have to begin healing itself again. Therefore, dentists recommend avoiding hot liquids, smoking, straws, and rinsing of the mouth for at least 24 hours following the procedure. Patients should also avoid eating tough or hard foods, or anything with small pieces that could become lodged in the socket.

It’s common for patients to experience some pain in the days following tooth extraction, and this can usually be relieved by an over the counter medication such as Ibuprofen. In the case of more invasive procedures such as surgical extractions, dentists can prescribe more potent pain medication, which help to alleviate more intense pain.

COST OF TOOTH EXTRACTION

A number of factors are relevant to the final cost of a dental procedure. Each insurance policy is different, and the type of extraction required also has an effect on the price, as well as what is covered by insurance. By staying up to date with preventative care, such as exams and X-rays, you can put yourself in a better position to avoid any overly invasive procedures—the longer an issue goes on, the more costly and complicated it becomes.

Once your procedure is complete, you can get back to business as usual quickly, usually within a few days or a week. However, it’s important to allow the healing process to finish before doing anything that could aggravate it, as setbacks can make your body take longer to heal.

EXTRACTION FOR ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

Dentists sometimes need to remove teeth prior to orthodontic treatment prior to orthodontics procedures, however this is becoming less and less frequent. In more severe cases, such as correcting bite problems or facial deformities, oral surgeons often cooperate with orthodontists to address the issues.

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WHY WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTIONS ARE OFTEN NECESSARY

Due to the invasive nature of the procedure and the sometimes painful side effects, it’s common for people to question whether they need their wisdom teeth removed, especially since their growth is often painless.

Reasons we take out wisdom teeth:

  • Typically more good reasons to take them out rather than leaving them in
  • They hurt when erupting
  • They can create irreparable defects in surrounding teeth
  • Other reasons can be discussed with dentist

While wisdom teeth removal isn’t necessarily right for everyone, the risks of not undergoing the procedure generally lead dentists to recommend doing it sooner rather than later. After looking at X-rays and seeing the positioning of the wisdom teeth, they should be able to give a recommendation on the best course of action.

PRACTICE REVIEWS

I have been a patient of this practice for several years and cannot say enough great things! Though I typically see Dr. Spangler, all three doctors are extremely knowledgable, thorough and attentive to detail. The staff as a whole combines professionalism with genuine concern for the patient to provide individualized care. Scheduling or being seen in a timely manner has never been an issue as the administrative staff members are kind, caring and extremely helpful! I recommend this office to all of my friends-- my family members are already patients 🙂

Brianna Robinson

My daughters and I went for a new client appointment today and were thrilled with their staff and level of service provided. Would highly recommend their office to anyone looking for top quality dental service.

Angie Mauldin

Absolutely fantastic dental practice - I have been a patient of Dr. Leal's for years and have received top notch dental care. The business side of the practice is great too. I could not be more pleased with my total care - dentists, hygienists and office staff. They genuinely care about me, are very respectful and have always run on time for my appointments.

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